The pictures were a gorgeous sepia color and hand painted or tinted by someone employed by Mr. Morley. The portraits were probably developed at Mr. Morley’s home or studio in the Riverside area of Jacksonville and painted by color artists who worked from their homes. One of these women who colored portraits for Mr. Morley was Justin’s cousin Billy’s wife’s grandmother. Billy calls me Aunt Claire, so I guess that makes Cindy my step-niece. She remembers her grandmother working for Mr. Morley and doing a lot of portrait tinting for him.
After Lon and I were married, his mother Georgia gave me one of his baby pictures. Funny thing is that Lon’s photo looked just like mine. We were wearing the same color yellow clothing and sitting on the same white shaggy rug. Both of our portraits were taken at home by Mr. Morley and Cindy and I believe that her grandmother may have colored them.
I wasn’t thinking much about my future husband at age six-months, but I fantasize that Mr. Morley left our house and drove his white shaggy rug over to Arlington to take my husband’s picture the same day. I wonder if Mr. Morley told Lon that he knew this really cute girl on the other side of town and to check her out in about thirty years. That’s probably what happened.